Tape cartridge changer with selective cartridge and track programming
A tape cartridge changer includes an array of cartridge receptacles adapted
to receive a plurality of tape cartridges to be automatically played,
either selectively or sequentially. A portion of the changer playing
mechanism is mounted on a movable platform which traverses a path of
travel adjacent to the array of cartridge receptacles.
Mechanical switch means are connected in a control circuit to control the
operation of the changer. The mechanical switch means are operable to
provide two modes of operation for the cartridge changer. In the first
mode of operation, the cartridge changer automatically plays the plurality
of tape cartridges in the array of cartridge receptacles and thereafter
totally de-energizes the changer. In the second mode of operation, the
cartridge changer automatically repetitively replays the plurality of tape
A series of controls are located adjacent to each of the cartridge
receptacles of the array to permit control of the changer operation at
each receptacle position. The contacts associated with the controls
cooperate with contacts mounted to an assembly on the movable platform.
The contacts on the movable platform sequentially engage the contacts
associated with the controls at each of the cartridge receptacle positions
to connect each of the controls in the changer control circuit.
Pyles; Gerald Dee (Indianapolis, IN) |
November 17, 1971|